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Sports Announcer Suzyn Waldman Sues Hospital for Misdiagnosing Her Cancer

May 21, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ Suzyn Waldman, the first woman announcer of New York Yankees games, sued Mount Sinai Hospital and two of its pathologists Tuesday for misdiagnosing her as being free of breast cancer.

Because of the misdiagnosis, the untreated cancer spread, said Waldman’s lawyer, Judith Livingston. Part of her right breast and her lymph nodes were surgically removed, and she is now taking chemotherapy, the lawyer said.

Livingston said the lawsuit, filed late Monday in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court, does not specify the amount of money being sought, but she said in previous similar cases she has asked for millions of dollars.

Mel Granick, spokesman for Mount Sinai, said he was not aware of the lawsuit and therefore could not comment.

Livingston said Waldman, 49, was having regular breast examinations when in December 1994, she noticed a suspicious area on her right breast. A biopsy at Mount Sinai reported the area negative for cancer.

A year later, Livingston said, the area in Waldman’s right breast was more suspicious, so her doctor asked pathologists to reread the 1994 slides.

``When Mount Sinai’s pathology department reviewed the slides from 13 months earlier, they found they showed cancer when the slides initially had been found negative,″ Livingston said.

Waldman’s court papers allege that Mount Sinai ``failed to properly and timely diagnose, care for and treat plaintiff’s breast cancer... .″

Livingston said Waldman underwent surgery on Feb. 6 and began chemotherapy Feb. 29.

Waldman, a regular sports reporter for WFAN radio and occasionally a host on the call-in shows, became the first woman to do play-by-play for the Yankees this year when WPIX-TV hired her to call 13 games.

Waldman reportedly has said she would have been beside herself with joy if the Yankees job had happened last year, but now the excitement is ``tempered″ because she has cancer. ``But I’m going to live with this,″ she said in an interview last month. ``I’m not going to let this stop me.″

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